We read with interest the recently published article, “Categorization of National Pediatric Quality Measures,” by House et al.1
Although the authors reported the methods by which they identified 257 unique quality measures focused on children, we were surprised they did not find several that were contained within the National Quality Measure Clearinghouse (NQMC) maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Our Center of Excellence in the Pediatric Quality Measures Program had 35 pediatric-specific quality measures accepted into the NQMC and posted online by the NQMC before December 31, 2015. This was the date the authors reported as the last date of searching for inclusion in their results. Of our measures posted by the NQMC, 18 were for the care of children with sickle cell disease, 5 for pediatric sepsis, 5 for follow-up of high BMI in the outpatient setting, 2 for the availability of subspecialists, and 1 for the overuse of imaging. We were indeed surprised to note that none of our measures appear to be included in the study by House et al.
Given these omissions, we were left wondering whether there might be other measures, posted in national resources for quality measures, similarly not found by the authors and what impact this may have on the results of their study.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The authors have indicated they have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.
- House SA,
- Coon ER,
- Schroeder AR,
- Ralston SL
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